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Inquiring Minds

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Each week Inquiring Minds brings you a new, in-depth exploration of the place where science, politics, and society collide. We’re committed to the idea that making an effort to understand the world around you through science and critical thinking can benefit everyone—and lead to better decisions. We endeavor to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters with weekly coverage of the latest headlines and probing discussions with leading scientists and thinkers.

Each week Inquiring Minds brings you a new, in-depth exploration of the place where science, politics, and society collide. We’re committed to the idea that making an effort to understand the world around you through science and critical thinking can benefit everyone—and lead to better decisions. We endeavor to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters with weekly coverage of the latest headlines and probing discussions with leading scientists and thinkers.
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Each week Inquiring Minds brings you a new, in-depth exploration of the place where science, politics, and society collide. We’re committed to the idea that making an effort to understand the world around you through science and critical thinking can benefit everyone—and lead to better decisions. We endeavor to find out what’s true, what’s left to discover, and why it all matters with weekly coverage of the latest headlines and probing discussions with leading scientists and thinkers.

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English


Episodes

Lost Einsteins: Left Behind by the Innovation Economy

12/12/2017
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We talk to celebrated Stanford economist Raj Chetty about his work focusing on using empirical evidence—often big data—to inform the design of more effective governmental policies.

Duration: 00:30:13


Getting Politicians to Talk About Science

12/4/2017
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We talk to Sheril Kirshenbaum, executive director of Science Debate (sciencedebate.org), a nonpartisan organization that asks candidates, elected officials, the public and the media to focus more on science policy issues of vital importance to modern life.

Duration: 00:37:06


Black Hole Blues

11/28/2017
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We talk to theoretical astrophysicist Janna Levin about her book Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space.

Duration: 00:38:48


Why Dinosaurs Matter

11/21/2017
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We talk to paleontologist, professor, expeditioner, and science communicator Ken Lacovara about his recent book Why Dinosaurs Matter.

Duration: 00:46:43


What's Going on in the Brain of a Fetus?

11/14/2017
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We talk to pediatric neuroscientist Moriah Thomason about her research into what we can learn by imaging the brains of fetuses before they're born.

Duration: 00:34:29


How Science Built One of the Greatest Basketball Teams in History

11/7/2017
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We talk to sports writer Erik Malinowski about his new book Betaball: How Silicon Valley and Science Built One of the Greatest Basketball Teams in History.

Duration: 00:42:25


A Paid Climate Change Skeptic Switches Sides

10/30/2017
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In a joint production with Stevie Lepp and the Reckonings podcast we hear from Jerry Taylor, a former professional climate change skeptic who switched sides entirely.

Duration: 00:45:56


Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything

10/24/2017
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We talk to cartoonist and author Zach Weinersmith about his latest book, Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything, co-written with his wife, parasitologist Kelly Weinersmith.

Duration: 00:37:49


A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump

10/17/2017
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We talk to renowned psychiatrist Allen Frances about his latest book Twilight of American Sanity: A Psychiatrist Analyzes the Age of Trump.

Duration: 00:42:18


Molecules From Caesar's Last Breath Are Inside You

10/2/2017
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We talk to science writer Sam Kean about his latest book Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us.

Duration: 00:41:29


Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology

9/26/2017
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We talk to Oliver Uberti and James Cheshire, authors of the new book Where the Animals Go: Tracking Wildlife with Technology in 50 Maps and Graphics.

Duration: 00:36:49


Why Buddhism is True

9/18/2017
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We talk to journalist, scholar, and prize-winning author Robert Wright about his latest book Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment.

Duration: 00:45:50


The Psychology of Hate

9/11/2017
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We talk to clinical psychologist Ali Mattu about the psychology of dehumanization and hate.

Duration: 00:54:22


Jonathan Lynn on Why US Healthcare Is Worthy of Ridicule

8/30/2017
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We talk to award winning writer and director Jonathan Lynn about his latest novel, Samaritans, which is a satirical look at the US healthcare system. His films as director include Clue, Nuns on the Run (both of which he wrote), My Cousin Vinny, The Distinguished Gentleman and The Whole Nine Yards.

Duration: 00:28:47


The Great American Solar Eclipse

8/14/2017
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We talk to astronomer Andrew Fraknoi about the upcoming total solar eclipse—the first total solar eclipse over North America in decades—on August 21st, 2017, and how you can best enjoy it.

Duration: 00:30:24


The Science of Game of Thrones

8/7/2017
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We talk to English comedian and writer Helen Keen about her new book The Science of Game of Thrones: A myth-busting, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping and fun-filled expedition through the world of Game of Thrones.

Duration: 00:36:16


Why Are We Curious?

7/31/2017
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We talk to acclaimed astrophysicist Mario Livio about his new book Why?: What Makes Us Curious.

Duration: 00:45:16


We've Got to Start Eating Insects

7/24/2017
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We talk to entomologist Brian Fisher about his his research on ants in Mozambique and his new initiative to get entomologists more directly involved in conservation—a big part of which involves edible insects.

Duration: 00:50:45


186 Jason Silva - Origins: The Journey of Humankind

7/17/2017
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We talk to Jason Silva, host of National Geographic Channel’s new show Origins: The Journey of Humankind.

Duration: 00:38:03


185 Jennifer Latson - A True Story of Pathological Friendliness

7/3/2017
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We talk to journalist Jennifer Latson about Williams syndrome and her new book The Boy Who Loved Too Much: A True Story of Pathological Friendliness.

Duration: 00:44:42

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